Recovery is a critical aspect of capsulectomy plastic surgery. The patient should have clear information about recovery, and should follow the surgeon’s instructions diligently during the recovery phase. Leading cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hisham Seify provides capsulectomy procedure to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding locations.
Immediate Post-Operative Phase
Following capsulectomy cosmetic surgery, the patient will be moved to a recovery area. Trained staff will monitor the patient’s progress and check their vital signs periodically. Once the surgeon and their team are satisfied with the stability of the patient, she will be taken back to her room. In the room, the staff will check the condition of the wounds.
Surgical drains may be left in place below the skin to collect excess fluid for a few days. The patient should try to perform mild walks within the home as early as possible to reduce soreness and expedite recovery. Walking will also prevent the formation of blood clots in the legs. If the surgery is performed using general anesthesia, the patient can feel nauseous or disoriented for up to 48 hours.
First Two Weeks
In the first week, the patient can experience mild pain and soreness in the incision areas, which can be managed with pain medications as prescribed by the plastic surgeon. The patient will have to wear a special bra for about two weeks.
The dressings will usually remain in place during this phase. Dressings should be kept dry and clean until they are removed. Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for capsulectomy.
While the patient can return to her daily routine or resume her workplace schedules after a week, she should avoid unnecessary stretching, bending and aggressive physical activities for at least a month. Heavy lifting of weights should also be avoided during this period. Particularly in the first few weeks, the patient should take plenty of rest.
Scarring will occur following breast capsulectomy. The scars will be firm and pinkish in appearance for about six weeks. The size of the scars will be constant for several months. However, they will gradually fade to a thin white line over a period of one to two years.
The patient will be required to visit the surgeon’s office for a few follow-up visits to monitor progress of healing. Patients who adhere to the recovery instructions and maintain the schedule of follow-up visits will be able to minimize the risk of infections, capsule formation, and other complications.
Risks in Capsulectomy
The procedure is very safe as long as it is performed by an experienced breast surgeon. However, in rare cases, complications may occur, particularly during the recovery phase. One of the typical risks is capsule reformation around the new implants. If the capsules grow in size beyond a certain level, they can damage or constrict the implant.
Other risks that are commonly associated with any surgical procedure, including capsulectomy, include bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthesia, loss of nipple sensation, blood clotting, nerve injury, or a compromised ability to breastfeed.